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The Best FX Original Shows 

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Updated March 9, 2020 10.1k votes 1.4k voters 40.5k views 61 items

List Rules Shows that were created by and originally aired on the FX Network. Vote up the best FX original series.

The FX TV Network (which originally stood for "Fox Extended") is a paid cable and satellite TV station that has produced a variety of well-known original series and sports shows, including dramatic series, reality shows, game shows, and animated series. It is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group division of 21st Century Fox and has a reputation for putting out shows that are similar in feeling and quality to channels like Showtime and HBO. What are the best FX original shows of all time?

Launched in 1994, FX has increased in popularity and is responsible for giving several talented stars their big breaks, before they moved on to other projects. Many of these FX original series have won Emmys and other awards as well.

This list features the best FX original shows, ranked by the community as the best, including, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, American Horror Story, The Americans, The Bridge, Atlanta, Anger Management, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and What We Do In The Shadows. Vote up the best FX original shows below and see where the ones you think are great rank.

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

Premiered: 2008–2014

Number of Seasons: 7

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Adventure film, + more

Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is a television drama series created by Kurt Sutter. A biker struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club.

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

Premiered: 2010–2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

Justified is an American television drama series developed by Graham Yost. It is based on Elmore Leonard's short story. Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a tough U.S. Marshal enforcing ...more

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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

Premiered: 2005–2012

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 94

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

Premiered: 2009–present

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 23

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Action, Comedy

Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
alex-capelonga added Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Crime

Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández

Premiered: 1961–present

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Period drama, Thriller

The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011–present

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

Premiered: 2002–2008

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 88

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Action

The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX, in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. ...more

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
RichardBeecher added Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more

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Rescue Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale

Premiered: 2004–2011

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 93

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Action

Rescue Me is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on the FX Network on July 21, 2004 and concluded on September 7, 2011. The series focuses on the professional and personal ...more

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Nip/Tuck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, Joely Richardson

Premiered: 2003–2010

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 100

Genres (Tv): Medical drama, Drama, Psychological thriller, Thriller, Medical fiction

Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", ...more

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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Albert Petrosyan added Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): True crime, Drama, Anthology

American Crime Story (FX, 2016) is an American anthology television series Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, and Tom Rob Smith. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, ...more

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Louie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

Premiered: 2010–present

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 39

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Louie is an American comedy-drama television series on the FX network that began airing in 2010. It is written, directed, edited, and produced by the show's creator, stand-up comedian Louis ...more

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The League is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Mark Duplass, Jonathan Lajoie, Nick Kroll

Premiered: 2009–2013

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 45

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Sitcom, Comedy

The League is an American sitcom that premiered on FX on October 29, 2009. The series, set in Chicago, Illinois, is a semi-improvised comedy about a fantasy football league, its members, and ...more

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Better Things is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
RichardBeecher added Better Things Pamela Adlon, Mikey Madison, Hannah Alligood

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Better Things (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. An actress (Pamela Adlon) raises her three daughters while juggling the pressures of ...more

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Mayans MC is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
J. D. Pardo, Edward James Olmos, Jacqueline Obradors

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Thriller

Mayans MC (FX, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James, and a spinoff of Sons of Anarchy. EZ Reyes (J. D. Pardo), a former golden boy now fresh out of ...more
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Taboo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Tom Hardy, Leo Bill, Jessie Buckley

Premiered: 2018

Number of Episodes: 8

Genres (Tv): Period drama

Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more

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Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio and Dave Andron. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, the series revolves around the first crack ...more

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Action, Horror, Drama, Superhero

Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more

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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann

Premiered: 2011–2013

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 30

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Wilfred is a US remake of a previous Austrailian show by the same name, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann.

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What We Do in the Shadow... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou

Premiered: 2019

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Comedy

What We Do in the Shadows (FX, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 2014 film. A look at the lives of three vampires who have been living as roommates for hundreds of years ...more

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Mr Inbetween is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Scott Ryan, Justin Rosniak, Brooke Satchwell

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama

Mr. Inbetween (FX, 2018) is an Australian television black comedy-drama series, inspired by the 2005 feature film The Magician, which was created, written by and starred Scott Ryan. The show ...more
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Tyrant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

Tyrant is an American drama television series created by director and writer Gideon Raff and developed by Howard Gordon and Craig Wright. The first season of Tyrant consisting of 10 episodes ...more
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The Bastard Executioner ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Bastard Executioner (FX, 2015) is an American historical fiction drama television series, created by Kurt Sutter. The show follows the exploits of Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones) as the strife of ...more
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Pose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best FX Original Shows
MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Billy Porter

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Dance, Drama, Musical

Pose (FX, 2018) is an American dance drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals. Set in the 1980s, the show explores the juxtaposition of several segments of ...more

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